Spencer Hawes, left, and J.J. Redick watch the final moments of the Clippers’ 129-99 loss Friday night at Dallas/Photo by Tim Sharp, Associated Press
The Clippers on Friday night had just been routed 129-99 by the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center in Dallas when point guard Chris Paul was asked to talk about how his team will get past such a defeat, its most lopsided of the season. Dallas shot a whopping 60.7 percent from the field, 57.1 (16 of 28) from 3-point range.
Paul’s response made sense.
“They can have this one,” said Paul, whose team finished 2-1 against the Mavericks. “We have to get ready for the game on Sunday. This was ugly. I don’t think we play them anymore. You have to flush it.”
The Clippers (42-24) play host to the Houston Rockets on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Staples Center.
J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 17 points Friday, DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 18 rebounds, Matt Barnes scored 14 and Paul and Jordan Hamilton scored 11 points apiece with Paul getting seven assists and five steals to boot.
Spencer Hawes struggled again, scoring four points on 2 of 8 shooting with five rebounds.
The Clippers shot shot 50 percent from the field overall, 37.5 (12 of 32) from beyond the arc.
Dallas (42-25) got 22 points from Chandler Parsons and 19 from Charlie Villanueva off the bench.
The Clippers remained in fifth in the Western Conference standings, but Dallas is now in sixth, just a half-game behind.
The Clippers are now 9-6 without Blake Griffin (elbow). Sixth-man Jamal Crawford (calf) missed his fifth consecutive game.
The Clippers were outscored 70-48 in the second half.